Capture the castle: Dreaming of a country escape this Valentine’s week?

Hugh O’Connell visits an elegant Georgian country house handily located in Co Mayo on the grounds of Ashford Castle

12th February, 2017
The Lodge, an elegant Georgian country house which overlooks Lough Corrib

As soon as you arrive at the entrance to the 350-acre estate of Ashford Castle, you are left in no doubt that it’s a bit special.

A magnificent cut-stone archway is guarded by Tom, who is impeccably dressed in a top hat and moss green overcoat with a red buttonhole. The colours signify that the estate is now part of the Red Carnation Hotel Group, but they are perhaps also a nod to...

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